President Biden’s recent statement regarding children has caused quite a stir among political critics and parents alike. During a speech at the White House Rose Garden honoring the 2023 national and state teachers of the year, President Biden suggested that there is no such thing as someone else’s child and that all of the nation’s children are the responsibility of the entire country to raise, rather than just their own families.
The statement immediately drew sharp criticism on social media from politicians and parents alike, who took issue with what they saw as Biden’s suggestion that the state and the political left had ownership over the children of the country. Some critics drew comparisons to Hillary Clinton’s controversial book, “It Takes a Village,” and accused Biden of espousing similar views.
BIDEN: “There’s no such thing as someone else’s child. Our nation’s children are all our children!”
Sounds like a pitch for government control over our kids.
— Nick Sortor (@nicksortor) April 24, 2023
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., was among those who criticized Biden’s statement, calling it “absolutely wrong.” The 1776 Project PAC, a group dedicated to electing candidates opposed to the teaching of “woke” subjects in schools, also criticized the statement, writing that “the left believes they own your kids.”
Parental rights group Moms for Liberty echoed this sentiment, stating that “we do NOT CO-PARENT with the GOVERNMENT.” Meanwhile, Rep. Chip Roy, R-Texas, wrote that Biden’s comments “Speaks for itself. This is why @RepThomasMassie and I introduced amendments last month to, respectively, abolish the Department of Education and short of that, to block grant $ to the states. Check to see how your representative voted. #EmpowerParents”
Biden’s statement also drew comparisons to a 2016 commercial featuring former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, who called for the collective care of a community’s children instead of parents taking care of their kids themselves. In the commercial for the liberal network’s then-“Lean Forward” campaign, Harris-Perry stated that “kids belong to whole communities.”
Biden basically says your children belong to the state… but they still try to claim they aren’t coming for your kids… pic.twitter.com/HfW95R9G6h
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) April 25, 2023
Critics of Biden’s statement see it as an encroachment on the rights of parents to raise their own children without government interference or intervention. They believe that the responsibility for a child’s upbringing should lie with the child’s family, rather than with the state or the political left.